Sec­ond loss on trot puts Black­hawks in tail­spin

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

THE Townsville Black­hawks have plunged from near top six cer­tain­ties to walk­ing the fi­nals tightrope af­ter suf­fer­ing a sec­ond straight loss to Burleigh Bears on the Gold Coast on Sat­ur­day night.

The 28-22 loss com­pounded last week’s tight de­feat to Ip­swich, and the Jets have closed to within two points of the sixth-placed Black­hawks with four rounds left af­ter beat­ing North­ern Pride.

Townsville has a far su­pe­rior for-and-against but this week­end’s road trip to bot­tom side Cen­tral Queens­land takes on vi­tal per­for­mance given they fin­ish their cam­paign against top two teams Pa­pua New Guinea and Sun­shine Coast.

Two tries in the last three min­utes against Burleigh made the score­board more re­spectable and Black­hawks prop Daniel Beasley said they must stop shoot­ing them­selves in the foot.

“They scored tries at stages when they shouldn’t have, er­rors and com­pound­ing er­rors gave them field po­si­tion which led to their points,” he said.

“We can’t take Capras lightly ei­ther. We have to get our­selves right, we’ve let our­selves down two weeks in a row and need to get back to play­ing some de­cent footy.”

Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said they need to lift their des­per­a­tion at cru­cial times of the game.

“It makes every week im­por­tant. We’re cer­tainly a good enough footy side that we can go on and win the next three games,” he said.

“The last two weeks we’ve been mak­ing too many un­forced er­rors, which haven’t al­lowed us to build pres­sure, and we prob­a­bly haven’t been as hun­gry at the con­test at cer­tain stages as the op­po­si­tion have been.”

Black­hawks prop Oshae Tuiasau suf­fered an an­kle sprain against Burleigh but Woolf is hope­ful he will be fit to take his place against the Capras af­ter he showed strong signs of im­prove­ment yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“He looked a lot bet­ter … so fingers crossed he’ll be OK,” Woolf said.

Black­hawks’ Daniel Beasley.

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